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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Linn County Records Inventory

Probate Registers

1850-1987

Series records the actions taken by the county's probate court. Information includes case numbers, estate or deceased's name, administrator's or executor's name, dates and types of papers filed, and memoranda and court orders listed by dates of appointment of administrator or executor. Series may also be referred to as probate journals, dockets, or records of actions. Over the years probate jurisdiction has been transferred from the county court to the circuit court in most counties. However, the county courts in Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties continue to hear probate cases. In 1986 circuit courts with probate jurisdiction began recording basic case information on the Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN). This network functionally replaced probate dockets and journals previously maintained by the courts. The transition to full use of OJIN by all circuit courts in Oregon took approximately two years. Contact the trial court administrator for access to OJIN. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Probate register information created since 1988 is stored electronically. Contact the trial court administrator for access. The Linn County circuit court joined the Oregon eCourt Case Information Network (OECI) electronic records system in 2012. The microfilm/microfiche records listed at the Hurd Building have been or will be scanned and available electronically. Contact the trial court administrator for more information.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Order Book Probate, 1872-1875 (1 volume);
Probate Docket, 1901-1905 (1 volume); vol. 2-4, 1909-1957 (3 volumes);
[Probate Orders Record], vol. 2, 1859-1861 (1 volume);
Probate [Record-includes journal information], vol. 1, 1853-1859 (1 volume);
Probate Register and Fee Book [with index], vol. 1-2, 1890-1912 (2 volumes);
Probate Register of County Court [with index], 1880-1883 (1 volume);
Record [Probate Register], 1873-1880 (2 volumes).

Records at the Hurd Building, Circuit Court Storage Room 13:
[Probate-Case File and Journal Index-also indexes mental commitment cases], 1863-1985 (2 inches of microfiche);
[Probate Ct.-Court Journal], vol. 1-133, 1850-1981 (57 reels of microfilm);
[Probate Ct.-Probate Court Minute-Book], vol. A-C, 1894-1900 (1 reel of microfilm); vol. 1-13, 1908-1959 (7 reels of microfilm);
Probate Docket [title varies], no. 3857-15550, 1926-1987 (42 volumes).

Records at the Linn County Courthouse, Old Jail, Treasurer's Storage Cell "C" Block Rec. Room:
[County Court Docket-documents judicial, probate, and administrative actions], 1861-1863 (1 volume).

Records at the Albany Regional Museum, Reference Room:
Index Probate Records [indexes case files and journals], ca.1850-ca.1910 (1 volume); vol. A, ca.1850-ca.1935 (1 volume);
Probate Docket, vol. 5, 1957-1971 (1 volume).

 

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